TV Ratings November 9: Four Corners delivers ABC’s biggest Monday share since 2018

Georgia Junior MasterChef winner 2020

Mediaweek’s James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

• Four Corners episode pushes ABC to #1 Melbourne, #2 Sydney/Perth
• The Block backyard garden week keeps Nine in top spot
• Junior MasterChef final: Bigger crowd tunes in to see Georgia win

Primetime News
Seven News 987,000/981,000
Nine News 900,000/940,000
ABC News 764,000
10 News First 331,000/231,000
SBS World News 146,000

Daily current affairs
A Current Affair 778,000
7.30 713,000
The Project 350,000/568,000

Breakfast TV
Sunrise 260,000
News Breakfast 221,000
Today 209,000

Late night news
ABC Late News 325,000
Nine News Late 153,000
The Latest 147,000
SBS World News Late 53,000

Monday TV 

Seven: Home and Away began the week with 547,000 after a week 45 average of 513,000. The soapie is the second most-watched show in the BVOD numbers, behind only SAS Australia and ahead of The Bachelorette and The Block.

SAS Australia saw the recruits back in freezing water again last night, this time after taking part in a hostage rescue mission armed with rifles. The audience of 584,000 was the smallest yet. There were no retirements last night with 10 recruits remaining.

Two episodes of The Rookie followed on 264,000 and then 237,000.

Nine: A Current Affair started the week with a look at two very different women – TV legend Jeanne Little and the wife of Joe Biden, Dr Jill Biden. The audience of 778,000 comes after an average of 674,000 across last week.

Work on the backyards on The Block were underway with a chance this week to also fix any past defects. The episode was just over 800,000 after 830,000 on Monday last week.

The James Bond festival continued after The Block with 2008’s Quantum of Solace on 319,000.

10: On The Project, Peter Helliar spoke with Richmond footballer Bachar Houli who has co-authored a book with Richmond supporter Waleed Aly. The program started its 7pm week on 568,000 after an average of 498,000 last week.

The season final of Junior MasterChef started with an average audience 652,000. That number surged to 881,000 as 11-year-old Georgia won the final with a six-element main course drawing on her Sri Lankan heritage.

Have You Been Paying Attention? followed with 620,000 after 641,000 a week ago. Abby Coleman joined Peter Helliar and Celia Pacquola – just two episodes left this year for 10’s #1 series.

ABC: Many sets were stuck on ABC last night as the primary channel had its biggest Monday since New Year’s Eve in 2018 and one of its biggest Monday shares ever. The channel ranked #1 in Melbourne and #2 in Sydney and Perth.

The story of the challenges facing Broken Hill’s newspaper the Barrier Truth were investigated in Australian Story including a takeover offer which was knocked back by the current owners. The episode was on 572,000, up from 527,000 last week.

Four Corners Australia

The audience lifted as Louise Milligan reported on Four Corners about the behaviour of two senior Liberal Party politicians in an episode titled Inside the Canberra Bubble. The episode was discussed subsequently both on the ABC on Q+A and also on Paul Murray Live where the host in particular was dismissive about what was uncovered. The audience of 824,000 is close to the best this year and pushed the channel to #1 in the timeslot.

Media Watch then tracked commentators’ predictions about the US election outcome with 715,000 watching.

Q+A guests with host Hamish Macdonald were former politicians Malcolm Turnbull and Bob Carr, The Australian’s Paul Kelly, The Briefing’s Jan Fran and historian Jenny Hocking. Discussions ranged from the US election outcome to last night’s Four Corners. A fascinating debate between largely Turnbull and Kelly and alleged bias at The Australian ended the evening. The program has previously rated well when Turnbull was a guest and last night the audience was 488,000, a ratings high for 2020.

SBS: The Great House Revival featured a huge three-level former church rectory bear Dublin with 122,000 watching.

The launch episode of Life and Birth then did 99,000 followed by 24 Hours in Emergency on 116,000.

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